How to shield yourself from coronavirus

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  • Going back to the basics remains to be the best precautionary measure for Filipinos at present
  • The Department of Health and World Health Organization told the public that proper hygiene must always be practiced
  • Proper cough etiquette was also an identified prevention method amid the spread of mysterious disease

While there is a limited information about the new virus strain that was first detected and has been spreading in China, health officials are encouraging the public to protect themselves by simply practicing proper hygiene all the time.

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Going back to the basics, according to both the Department of Health in the Philippines and World Health Organization, is the best precautionary measure Filipinos can do in order to protect themselves even there is no confirmed case of the said virus in the country so far.

Wash your hands

Washing your hands regularly remains to be on top of the precautionary list from the health institutions. Practice washing your hands with soap after coughing or sneezing; when caring for the  sick; before, during, and after you prepare food; before eating; after toilet use; when hands are dirty; and after handling animals or animal waste. You must clean your hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub.

Proper cough etiquette

You must cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing with tissue or with the crook of your elbow and maintain distance.

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Keep distance

Health officials also reminded the public to avoid contact with individuals showing cold or flu-like symptoms. They also reminded to keep distance from unprotected farm or wild animals.

Drink plenty of water

Aside from urging everyone to eat nutritious foods to maintain a strong immune system, it is also important to drink plenty of water and make sure that food are clean and cooked well.

Consult a doctor

While the World Health Organization told Filipinos not to be anxious unless they traveled to Wuhan, China, they were reminded to see a doctor if they manifest symptoms like cough and colds,  fever, shortness of breathing, and difficulty in breathing.